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Singin' in the Rain 1952

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound...

Release Date:
April 11, 1952
103 min
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Mae Clarke, Kenner G. Kemp, William Schallert, ...
Comedy, Musical, Romance ...

Your rating: 0

Solar rating: 9.5


Imdb rating: 8.4



Rated 8.4 by IMDb, I had been skipping this film as already seen. Then, I realized the only scene I could remember was the dancing in the rain scene and not much else. One of the all time great romantic musical comedies. Glad I watched it and happy to recommend to folks willing to watch an old movie. Lots better than the stuff listed under Most Recent or Most Popular
Seriously, I'm just not sure it gets any better than this.

Film really reaches about the highest heights that it can here, and it is truly entertaining in the best and simplest way possible. It's clever, cute, hilarious, and quite stunning to see how talented these people were.

It is so much fun to watch it with someone who has never seen it before, too.

Singin' in the Rain is a magical, feel good film that will have you smiling from beginning to end. This film never has a boring moment. All of the musical numbers have a sense of humor, and are very colorful and bursting with energy. I'm not even a big fan of musicals, but this movie is simply great, one of the best musicals ever made.

:fresh: **** (out of ****)
Here's another film rating.

This movie just makes me happy.
3/14 - Gone Baby Gone (Affleck, 2007, Rental): 7.5

3/15 - Singin' in the Rain (Donen & Kelly, 1952, Rental): 9

3/16 - Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (Inagaki, 1954, Rental): 8

3/16 - No Country for Old Men (Coen, 2007, Download): 9

3/17 - The General (Bruckman & Keaton, 1927, Television): 9
DVDs watched over the Easter weekend:

Little Miss Sunshine

An Inconvenient Truth

Singin in the Rain

The Wizard of Oz

Well, I had a review written from a film class I took, but I lost it when the internet closed on me, so this will just be one of my normal reviews. Basically, Singin' in the Rain is a whole lot of fun. The actors and actresses are all great, giving lively performances while singing some of the most famous songs in film history. Singin' in the Rain and Make em Laugh are a couple that will stick with you even years after viewing the movie. My favorite aspect of the film, however, was its uncharacteristic realism for a musical. The use of much mise-en-scene helped enhance the film. Because the film was set in Hollywood, many of the props used for a song and dance scene, such as lights and fans, could be seen by viewers in a very appropriate manner. I think even those who aren't particularly musical fans will enjoy this movie. It's a fun time with a classic storyline and music.
I love this movie. Okay, I don't actually like about half the songs, but I find the story delightful. I only like about half the characters--but for one, you aren't supposed to like Lina Lamont. She's supposed to drive you nuts; she does so beautifully. (In fact, the actress who plays her, Jean Hagen, has a lovely and sweet voice, but she does Lina's so well!) For another, the ones I do like more than make up for the rest of them.

This is a funny musical, which helps show up why I don't much care for Rogers and Hammerstein. While it's true that this is, more than theirs, a frame to hang songs off (it's the only reason they wrote the thing), I still care more about most of the characters, and there are more genuinely funny bits. (Naturally, the best line was deleted by the censors; after Gene Kelly says, "Enchanting!" the next line was supposed to be, "What are you doing later?") The "dignity; always dignity" sequence at the beginning is worth watching the whole movie for--and then, you get to see the bit where the soundtrack is out of synch with the movie.

Oh, and the rest of the original The Dueling Cavalier. And Cyd Charisse for no real reason. And the happy little pulling-up-the-curtain dance toward the end. Oh, so many funny moments, so many lovely moments--and some genuinely disturbing ones.

I don't like to bring it up, because I may be reading more into it than is really there, but is anyone else seriously worried about what Lina's going to do after the events of the film? She's a dangerous woman, and she's going to be really angry. She's already proved more than willing to ruin someone's life for an imagined slight; what will she do over a real one?

Hey, that's okay, though--rewind to the middle and watch "Moses Supposes"; that's the best song. Worth watching. Sadly, Gene Kelly is not one of the Season Two Muppet Show guests, but with luck, they won't take so long releasing Season Three--it's been nearly two years since they released Season One, you know.

Oh, and a side note that's been bothering me about a movie I don't intend to see (in part for this very reason). Evan Almighty. It's standing on shaky theological ground; God promised in Genesis that there would not be a second flood. "The fire next time," remember?
I was incredibly, unbelievably skeptical to watch this movie and was very happy to find out that I actually really liked it. There was so much more to it than I thought; I thought it was simply about nothing, a stupid musical with no point, however, I was wrong. It really focuses around relationships, and most importantly, the theme of change.

A once silent picture-making studio must face a new device that allows them to capture sound, and the actors, studio and world must cope with this new life-changing technology. I love how it really did have a powerful story and great character development, much different from what I thought it was going to be like. I also like how the character "Lena" was shown. I myself was tricked by her beauty, making me think she would have a fantastic and smooth voice to fit her face, but oh was I so, so wrong.
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